Jumat, 25 November 2016

'TOUR DE TIMOR' TO COMBINE SPORTS AND TOURISM

 By Andi Abdussalam
         Jakarta, Nov 26 (Antara) - One of the sectors that contribute to a country's economic development is tourism, which is now being combined with working out as a lifestyle exercised to maintain health.
         Tourism has included sports events to attract tourists. These two things are important for tourism development in any countries, including Indonesia and Timor Leste, in what is called sports tourism. Sports tourism, among others, covers running or marathon, biking and rock climbing events at specific tourism destinations.
          As part of its efforts to promote and advance its tourism sector, Indonesia is now active in developing its sports tourism through the launch of various sports events such as running, cycling and rock climbing in its tourism destinations.
         Especially in the cycling events, it has organized several cycling races in various regions such as the Tour de Singkarak in West Sumatra, Tour de Makassar in South Sulawesi, Tour de Siak in Riau, Tour de Borobudur in Central Java and even Tour de Indonesia, which was halted for five years and is now back again.
         At the end of this month, Indonesia is planning to organize a cycling race to promote its tourism sector.
         East Nusa Tenggara Province, which shares borders with Timor Leste, will be hosting the 2016 Tour de Timor cycling race championship from November 30 to December 4.

EAT MORE FISH, REDUCE BEEF IMPORTS

 by Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, Nov 25 (Antara) - As Indonesia is rich in fish, it expects the people to become less dependent on imported beef and rather increase their fish consumption.
         Deputy Chairman of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Mahyudin called on the government to encourage fish consumption, as it would reduce the dependence on meat imports.
         The Industry Ministry also advocated encouraging  fish consumption in various regions. "We will boost fish consumption, apart from exporting fish, by developing the traditional fish industry," Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said recently.
         The government continues to encourage people to consume more fish and has set a target to increase the country's per capita fish consumption to about 43.88 kilogram (kg) per annum from 30.47 kg recorded in 2010 and 41.11 kg in 2015.
        Indonesia still imports about 40 percent of its beef needs for domestic consumption. Its domestic need for meat has reached about 600 thousand tons per annum or about 4 million heads of cattle.

Kamis, 24 November 2016

GOVT TO LIFT SUBSIDY FOR 900 VA ELECTRICITY CUSTOMERS

 By Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, Nov 24 (Antara) - Indonesia's Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry (ESDM) will effect a 32 percent electricity tariff increase every two months from January to May 2017 for 900 Volt Ampere (VA) power customers.
       The increased electricity tariff will take effect after the government scrapped the subsidy for better-off customers of 900 VA power in three phases by raising the tariff  from Rp585/kWh to Rp747/kWh next January,   to Rp1,032/kWh next March and to Rp1,352/kWh next May.
       Thus, with effect from May 2017, there will be no longer subsidy for economically capable 900 VA electricity customers while the remaining 4.1 million poor household customers will still enjoy one.
     So far, the government has subsidized the electricity consumption of 23 million 900VA power costomers. Of the number, 18.9 million customers will no longer receive subsidy while the remaining 4.1 million poor household customers will still enjoy one. 
       The decision to abolish the subsidy for 900 VA household customers was reached in a working meeting between the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources and Commission VII on energy affairs of the House of Representatives (DPR) on September 22, 2016.
       Head of the Communication and Knowledge Management Unit of the National Poverty Elimination Acceleration Team (TNP2K) Ruddy Gobel had said last week (Nov 18) that the subsidy was actually being enjoyed predominantly by a relatively rich group of people.
        So far, the government had been providing subsidy for 450 VA and 900 VA electricity customers. According to Gobel, the number of 450 VA power customers reached 22.8 million while 900 VA customers numbered 22.3 million. Thus, the total number of electricity subsidies' recipients was 45.1 million.

GOVT MIXES OPTIMISM WITH PRUDENCE ON ISSUE OF GROWTH

 By Andi Abdussalam
           Jakarta, Nov 24 (Antara) - The government is mixing optimism with prudence in forecasting and assuming the rate of economic growth in the state budget for 2017, which is lower than what many institutions predicted.
        According to Finance Minister Sri Mulyani, as quoted on the Finance Ministry's website http://www.kemenkeu.go.id, on Wednesday, the government has assumed the economic growth for 2017 at 5.1 percent.
        The government's prediction of 5.1 percent growth reflects a balance between optimism and pragmatic understanding. "There is optimism because we are convinced we will be able to maintain the momentum. We balanced it with some prudence because there are external or even internal challenges that we would have to face," Finance Minister Sri Mulayani Indrawati said while addressing a seminar on Indonesia Economic Outlook 2017 in Jakarta on Wednesday.    
   Moreover, household consumption is expected to grow by 5 percent while government expenditure is predicted to remain stable around 4.8 percent. Besides, investment by the private sector and the capital market is forecast to be better than last year.


Selasa, 22 November 2016

PEOPLE ADVISED NOT TO HEED RUMORS OF MONEY RUSH

by Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, Nov 22 (Antara) - The people are advised not to heed or be influenced by rumors about a money rush, being spread by instigators who want to destabilize the country's economy and create chaos.
         According to National Police Chief General Tito Karnavian, such rumors were being spread via the social media, and termed these as a hoax. Those spreading such rumors want to destabilize the country's economy to create chaos, he added.
         Now, the security situation in the country is stable and people should not react on the basis of rumors about any money rush.
         The Financial Service Authority (OJK) and the Indonesian central bank, Bank Indonesia (BI), also gave similar calls. The OJK advised the public not to be influenced by rumors about massive withdrawals of deposits from banks or money rush on November 25, 2016.
         The OJK assured that the financial condition of national banks will remain good and will be monitored continuously. "We always monitor the banking conditions from time to time," OJK Director for Banking Supervision, Jasmi, noted in Jambi on Monday.

'TOUR DE INDONESIA' IS COMING BACK

by Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, Nov 22 (Antara) - The Central Executive Board of the Indonesian Sports Cycling Association (PB ISSI) will revive Indonesia's prestigious cycling race 'Tour de Indonesia' (TdI), by organizing it again next year, after five years of hiatus.
         Scheduled to be held in July 2017, the TdI, which usually starts from Jakarta to Bali, will cover a route of seven stages from Banten in the western part of Java to Banyuwangi in the easternmost region of the island.    
    "The TdI is designed to become an archipelagic cycling race series and serve as a benchmark for other regions which have cycling tour programs in Indonesia such as the 'Tour de Singkarak', 'Tour de Siak' and others," PB ISSI General Chairman Raja Sapta Oktohari said after the soft launch of the TdI last week (Nov 9).

         The TdI will be the biggest cycling event in Indonesia. Its soft launching was held first to ensure that it would be organized after five years. It will be held in July 2017 to coincide with the National Championship schedule of the Union Cycliste Internationale/International Cycling Union (UCI).

Senin, 21 November 2016

INDONESIA TO FOCUS ON SPORTS TOURISM DEVELOPMENT

 by Andi Abdussalam
        Jakarta, Nov 21 (Antara) - Indonesia is developing its sports tourism through the launch of running, biking and rock climbing events in tourism destinations, as part of its efforts to promote and advance its tourism sector.
        According to Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi, all of the 34 provinces in Indonesia are encouraged to organize sports events in tourism resorts for the development of sports tourism destinations.
        The Youth and Sports Ministry will encourage all provinces in the country, apart from the 10 provinces being designed as primary tourist destinations, to organize sports events such as biking in tourism destinations from next year.
         "In 2017, we will encourage all provinces to develop sports tourism. The sports tourism in the country has shown good development from year to year," Nahrawi said on Sunday (Nov 20).
         For example, the provincial government of Central Java continues to organize the Borobudur Marathon event around areas of the Borobudur Buddhist Temple, which is also a main tourist destination in the country.
        The minister appreciated the Central Java provincial government for its success in organizing the Bororbudur Marathon every year. This year, the marathon was attended by an extraordinary number of runners.